Begin with pickup at your Panama City hotel, then travel to the Canal Zone in a private vehicle, a 30-minute drive from downtown. The Miraflores Locks are the perfect place to watch ships transiting through the canal, moving from sea level to Lake Gatún, and you’ll have a front-row seat as the canal workers guide each vessel into the locks. Visit the onsite museum and visitors’ center to learn about Panama Canal history, and about the groundbreaking engineering work that made it possible.
Continue to the Pacific Coast, where the Amador Causeway links three coastal islands with views back towards downtown Panama City. Make a final stop of the day in Casco Viejo, a colonial-era neighborhood with carefully-restored architecture: the fortified district was built after the pirate Henry Morgan burned the original settlement to the ground in 1671. Customize this private tour to your interests—you can explore Casco Viejo’s atmospheric streets, churches, and landmarks by car, or visit the neighborhood on a short walking tour.
After exploring Casco Viejo, make the return trip to your Panama City hotel, where this tour concludes.